Mansfield, Georgia-based singer and songwriter Stephen Stanley has released a stunning cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The new single follows on the heels of Stanley's 2021's self-titled EP which features the hit "No Hopeless Soul.""I made a cover of a song and I'm really proud of it," Stanley shares.
Originally hailing from McDonough, Georgia, it is Stephen Stanley's profound mission is to make music that gives an immediate emotional impact. When he learned to play his mother's guitar at just nine years old after suffering from a jet skiing accident that left him deaf in his left ear, he uncovered a remarkable gift for music and melody.
By 13, he was playing piano and drums in addition to writing songs and leading worship at the church where his father served as a pastor and ever since, Stanley has honed a distinct and dynamic voice as a musician, artist, and songwriter, bringing both raw emotion and a profound sense of purpose to everything he creates.
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" was first composed by Paul Simon and recorded by Simon & Garfunkel in 1970. Produced by the duo and Roy Halee, the song was featured on their fifth studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water (1970). Art Garfunkel performs lead vocals over a piano accompaniment exhibiting strong influence of gospel music. The song became Simon & Garfunkel's biggest hit single, and it is often considered their signature song. It was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks.
It became one of the most performed songs of the 20th century, with over 50 artists, among them Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Cash covering the song. It was ranked number 48 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.